January 09, 2019
The New York City Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police joined forces this week to search a landfill where they believe the body of a missing man may have been transported after his disappearance.
Staten Island resident Michael Stewart, 40, went missing on Dec. 20. He was last seen at a barber shop in the Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhood, with a man who has since been identified as a person of interest in a suspected homicide, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Michael Yoder of the Reading Eagle tweeted Monday that NYPD and PSP vehicles were spotted in Morgantown, Berks County. Police reportedly were searching the Republic Service Conestoga Landfill.
An army of @NYPD vehicles was spotted Monday afternoon at the Exxon station in #Morgantown. They were leaving from an investigation being conducted at the @RepublicService Conestoga Landfill. @PAStatePolice are also on the scene. pic.twitter.com/PmKvxYM8hH— Michael Yoder (@YoderReports) January 7, 2019
A video obtained from the Back 2 Life barber shop shows Stewart talking to 33-year-old Angelo Nesimi, who was later arrested in connection with a unrelated incident of alleged domestic violence.
Nesimi reportedly has denied any involvement in Stewart's disappearance.
The father of a 4-year-old, Stewart texted his mother on Dec. 21, "Please help me Mom," before his disappearance, according to the New York Post.
Investigators believe there is a possibility Stewart's body was dumped in New Jersey and later incinerated with trash before winding up at the landfill in Berks County.